Education

  • What to Give

    Written by Debbie Riek

    What to Give

    • Books…you can’t go wrong with a great book. Board books for little ones, non-fiction based on something your child is interested in, rich illustrations, rhyming text if your child doesn’t like to stop long enough for the story. If you don’t have Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (lovely and soothing) or The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (perfect for winter), I recommend both. I also like Whoever You Are by Mem Fox and Barack Obama’s new book, Of Thee I Sing: Letter To My Daughters. You can also make great books for your child using photographs of him and her, writing text and laminating the pages. My children really like to look back at books I made for them when they were younger.

    • Blocks…especially wooden blocks. Children can create hours of play with these open-ended toys. In my daughters’ hands, they are cell-phones, bridges, castles, and ramps.

    • A board game… like Memory or Candyland. One year, I took photos of all my children’s cousins and printed two copies of each. I glued them to a piece of card stock and then laminated them to make a personalized memory game. Very fun!

    • An experience…give a gift certificate for the zoo, a museum, a baseball game, the aquarium. Nothing enhances your child’s play more than experiences. You know those coupon books children make for us that often include help with chores and hugs? Make one for your preschooler but include things like “walk around the neighborhood”, “Help bake cookies”, “Visit the pet store” and “Dance party”. Caution: they will try to use all of them in one day.

    • Space…create an area in your home that encourages creativity. An easel and paints, recycled materials like bits of fabric, cardboard, egg cartons and boxes, crayons, glue sticks, glue , and paper make up a great art area. My children love their art space in our basement.

    • Time…that is what they want most of all. If you have more than one child, set up time to be alone with each. My children even love going to the grocery store if it is just the two of us. These special times may not seem significant, but they create connections, trust and memories.

    Enjoy December with your child or the children you work with and happy holidays!

    Published in Education

    Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 19:23

  • Spanish Immersion

    Written by Debbie Riek

    Spanish Immersion

    Additionally, in our increasingly diverse and ever-shrinking world, we wonder if a second language might be beneficial to English-speaking children as well. Is waiting until middle or high school to introduce another language the best way to help English-speaking children become bi-lingual?

    In the School District of the City of York, Spanish Immersion classes are bright pockets where collaboration between teachers, families, administration, and children is working to equip both English and non-English speaking students to be successful and learn from each other.

    VIEW: Slideshow of visit to the classroom:

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=255299&l=eff913bb3d&id=16299922909

    LISTEN: Deborah Hioutis, the Assistant to the Director of Special Programs
    discusses what responsibilities school districts have in regards
    to determining a student's immigration status:

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    LISTEN: Hioutis challenges a common stereotype of illegal immigrants

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    LISTEN: Hioutis clarifies the similarities in what all students want:

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    WATCH VIDEO: Sandra Quinones-Hemphill, the School District of the City of York's
    Director of Special Programs, discusses the Spanish Immersion Program
    as we visit teacher Lillian Abreu's classroom:


    Published in Education

    Friday, 5 Nov 2010 14:35

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